Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sixers host the Cavaliers tonight

While much of the morning speculation is how Andrew Bynum suffered his latest setback, there is still a game to be played tonight and Cleveland is the opponent.

Sixers host the Cavaliers tonight

Jrue Holiday in action during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Jrue Holiday in action during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Whether it was bowling, bocce or some other form of non-basketball activity that caused Andrew Bynum's left knee to develop swelling, does it really matter? What is most alarming is that the injury apparently happened while he was doing something pretty non-strenuous. When we asked Bynum on Friday how the lateset setback occurred he said it swelled during his low-impact rehab work which includes swimming and the elliptical machine. Now an ESPN report has come out that he tweaked it while bowling.

However it was done it's apparent that it occurred while doing something someone twice Bynum's age usually does without incident. And unfortunately for Bynum and the Sixers it appears the 7-foot center has knee's that are equivalent to just that - someone twice his age.

Looking past that, there is a game to be played and the Sixers will host the 2-7 Cleveland Cavaliers tonight and will be looking to add on to an acceptable performance against the Utah Jazz on Friday, when they won by 99-93.

Cleveland is led by second year guard Kyrie Irving, the Duke product who garnered rookie of the year honors last season. So far this year Irving is averaging 24.4 points. He is a game-time decision, however, as he suffered a left index finger injury the other night, severely limiting the use of his left hand. He said he will go, but more will be known closer to game-time.

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Teammate Anderson Varejoa has been playing very well so far this season, posting 14.4 points and 12.9 rebounds. Offensively the Cavaliers have been very impressive so far, making 49 percent of their shots, which is near tops in the league. The problem is they are allowing 104.6 points and 51.2 percent shooting on the defensive end.

In the win over Utah, coach Doug Collins had his team play more through the post offensively. In previous games the Sixers were solely relying on the perimeter for their offense and allowing defenses to guard only against that. The result was terrible shooting, including a Wells Fargo Center worst 29.8 percent against the Pistons on Wednesday. Friday, though they didn't get too many looks down low, they threw the ball down there to start the offense and worked an nice inside-out game which resulted in 46 percent shooting, including 10-of-18 three point attempts.

Expect more of the same from the Sixers tonight. Somehow they at least have to threaten to look to score inside. Kwame Brown, who started on Friday, will still be in that role tonight as Collins looks to get a physical defensive presence down low to begin the game. Lavoy Allen has played well the past two games after struggling mightily since the beginning of the season.

Look for a lot of Dorell Wright tonight, as he played just over 5 minutes on Friday due to Collins' desire to stick with his more physical post players against the tough Jazz. And make sure to save your ticket stubs. I see the Sixers easily scoring more than 100 tonight, meaning Big Macs for everyone.

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at and follow him on Twitter.

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